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U.S. won't reveal records on HealthCare.gov security
By Associated Press | August 19, 2014
After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government's healthcare website because doing so could "potentially" allow...
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Dignity Health teams with SAS for analytics to address Medicare penalties
By Joseph Conn | August 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Dignity Health is jumping into predictive analytics with a new tech partner, analytics firm SAS. Initially, Dignity will be targeting what many other healthcare organizations have been aiming at in a recent wave of projects involving predictive analytics, namely to reduce readmissions subject to...
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CMS considers covering HIV screening for all Medicare beneficiaries
By Virgil Dickson | August 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS has accepted a request from HIV/AIDS advocates to consider paying for HIV screening of all Medicare beneficiaries without regard to perceived risk behavior rather than only for pregnant women and those at high risk for the virus.
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Molina Healthcare names new medical chief
By Bob Herman | August 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Managed-care insurer Molina Healthcare has named Dr. Keith Wilson chief medical officer. He has been with Long Beach, Calif.-based Molina since March 2013, serving as VP of clinical services for Molina's medical clinics and American Family Care, a subsidiary of the company.
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Reform Update: Medical-home adoption growing; evidence of effectiveness still elusive
By Andis Robeznieks | August 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Primary care is a foundation of healthcare reform efforts, and patient-centered medical homes are one of the delivery system innovations encouraged by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But recent studies present a mixed picture of the effectiveness of medical homes in improving...
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Many could lose out on EHR incentives payments
By Modern Healthcare | August 16, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Billions of dollars in federal electronic health-record incentive payments appear to be in jeopardy as hospitals, physicians and other eligible professionals that got an early start on the payment program face a more stringent set of criteria this year, according to a Modern Healthcare analysis of...
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Healthcare groups ponder D.C. strategy after elections
By Andis Robeznieks | August 16, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Healthcare industry groups are calculating what they can get done in the lame-duck Congress following the November elections and in the new session that follows, which could feature Republican control of both chambers.
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Reform Update: Political season injects variables into healthcare agenda
By Andis Robeznieks | August 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The dynamics of healthcare reform may wildly change in the weeks ahead. The congressional calendar calls for a short legislative session followed by nonstop campaigning, a November election followed by a lame-duck session, and then finally the seating of a new Congress that could feature a shift in...
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Froedtert seeks co-ownership of Ascension health-plan affiliate
By Bob Herman | August 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Froedtert Health, an academic medical center based in Milwaukee, is in negotiations to buy a 50% stake in Network Health, a health insurance company based in Menasha, Wis.
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Vital Signs
Columnist attempts to sell conservatives on his healthcare reform plan
By Bob Herman | August 15, 2014
House Republicans repeatedly have voted to delay, defund and repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But as some conservatives have pointed out, it's unrealistic to think President Barack Obama would sign any legislation to repeal or roll back the legislation that defines his tenure...
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